McNay Research and Demonstration Farm
As feeding of stored feeds is the largest cost in beef cow-calf production, profitability of a cow-calf enterprise may be improved by extending the grazing season into the fall and winter. One resource for an extended grazing season is forage that is stockpiled in the summer and fall. Generally, it is recommended stockpiling of forages not begin before early August, and the forage be harvested by mechanical mowing followed by removal of the forage by hay harvest. Although this process results in a uniform removal of forage before stockpiling, it does require either purchase or leasing of harvest equipment or paying for custom hay harvest.
Russell, Jim; Stokes, Ben; Gunn, Patrick; and Ramirez-Ramirez, Hugo
"Effects of Method of Initiating Stockpiling on the Nutritive Value of Forage for Winter Grazing,"
Farm Progress Reports: Vol. 2017
, Article 154.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/vol2017/iss1/154